Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 8 October 2018

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Nine things you must do to be an exceptional leader: Kate Nash OBE, a former CEO of one of the legacy organisations of DR UK, and now DR UK Ambassador, shares the things she has learnt about great leaders working in disability rights in her new blog

Brexit – Should disabled people care? The latest issue of Unite Magazine has an article by Disability Rights UK’s Sue Bott on this issue. As she says in her introduction, you could be forgiven for wanting to skip this article.  But then again, as she also says, it’s not about whether you are for or against Brexit. It’s about making sure that our voices are heard and that our rights are not undermined. Unite Magazine are offering you a free sample copy of their magazine. Read Sue’s article

UN Torture Review: In April 2019 the UK will be reviewed by the United Nations Committee against Torture under their periodic review procedure for their compliance with the UN Convention against Torture. REDRESS is facilitating a joint civil society response to the process, through a series of consultations and the preparation of a joint shadow report and would be pleased if you would consider participating in the process.

REDRESS with partners will be holding consultation events for civil society organisations across England and Wales as well as a call for written evidence throughout October 2018.

  • Monday 8 October – Birmingham City Centre – 2-4pm
  • Wednesday 10 October – Manchester City Centre- 2-4pm
  • Thursday 18 October – Cardiff City Centre- 2-4pm
  • Tuesday 23 October – London (location tbc)- 2-4pm
  • Tuesday 30 October – London (Location tbc) – 2-4pm (consultation only)

Morning capacity building session will also take place on the above dates from 11.00am-1.00pm.

Redress is working on this project with help from organisations including Disability Rights UK, Liberty, Freedom from Torture, Children’s Rights Alliance England and Children in Wales. Find out more

Vacancy at Disability Rights UK: DR UK are looking for a Business Development Manager to manage our existing commercial initiatives as well as develop new income generation opportunities. Closes 9.00am on Wednesday 24th October, with interviews on Thursday 1st November. Find out more


Members, projects and partners



Your stories wanted about about getting or keeping yourself physically active: To mark National Fitness Day, on Wednesday 26 September, Get Yourself Active shared a range of experiences of disabled people getting and keeping physically active. We’d like to share more. If you’re disabled and have a story to tell about getting or keeping yourself physically active Get Yourself Active would love to hear from you! Read more

Reasonable adjustments in the education sector: are they happening? This is a small DRILL funded research project led by the Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) in collaboration with the University of Sheffield. The project is investigating a measure that exists in English law to test its effectiveness as a driver of inclusive education for disabled pupils and students.The research is focusing on identifying emerging gaps or trends between what is set out in law regarding Accessibility Plans and the practice of education providers. As part of the project, ALLFIE have written a blog, which also highlights  a series of focus groups in four regions in England. Find out more

Leadership Academy Programme: Spaces are still available on our Leadership Academy programme Contact Katrina.morris@disabilityrightsuk.org for more information.

Tell us about your care: Recently visited your GP or been to hospital? We would like to hear about your experience! Tell us about your care – 0330 995 0400


DR UK Fundraising, products and training courses



Claim your FREE copy of UNITE: UNITE magazine is out every month and covers a wide range of disability related topics. This issue looks at the disturbing realisation that the DWP may be ‘spying’ on people to build cases against their benefit claims. DR UK’s Deputy Chief Executive, Sue Bott CBE considers the implications of Brexit for disabled people and we celebrate the contribution of disabled people of colour to the world in a nod to Black History Month. Claim your FREE copy of UNITE

See our shop offers:

Factsheets, Guides and Information: For further information on welfare rights, education issues and social care you will find our factsheets/guides here or for more detailed information you can order a copy of the Disability Rights Handbook from our shop

Free training on Inclusive Practice in careers: Disability Rights UK is offering free one-day training days designed for school careers advisers, coordinators and school careers leaders in Leeds, Taunton and Birmingham between October 2018 and January 2019. The training is for those who wish to develop their understanding of disability equality and enhance their skills to support disabled learners with careers guidance and careers planning. Find out more

To find out about our disability equality and awareness training please email Jason.jaspal@disabilityrightsuk.org


Other news



Citizens Advice statement on DWP funding to provide support to UC claimants: The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will provide £39 million of funding from April 2019 to Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland to provide support to universal credit (UC) claimants. Citizens Advice have now issued a statement about this funding in which they agree with the aims and principles of Universal Credit, but see it as a flawed system which needs fixing. Citizens Advice will concentrate on helping more people with their initial Universal Credit claim — making sure they get the tailored help they need to fully complete the claim. It will also share evidence to DWP, based on problems they encounter when providing support to claimants. Read more

For more information on universal credit see our online factsheets

Research project about experiences of people in the ESA Support Group: Are you in the ESA Support Group or the equivalent Universal Credit group and would like to contribute to some important government research -  or know of someone interested? IFF Research are looking to recruit individuals in Brighton to carry out interviews with other people who are also in the Support Group or equivalent UC group – known as ‘peer interviewing’. Find out more

Struggling to find a way to do a hobby, a daily task or something else? Speak to UCL Project Impactive! UCL Project Impactive can design a piece of equipment or accessory especially for you to help you achieve your goals, whether these are hobbies or to enable you to be an active member of the community. They aim to solve challenges by making customised equipment and accessories so that you can enjoy a more independent and fulfilling life. Find out more

Acas Learning OnLine: Acas’ free Acas Learning OnLine modules provide a useful e-learning resource for anyone wanting to refresh their knowledge and improve their approach to employment relations issues. Through a series of online courses, you will have the opportunity to work through the theory, explore practical case studies, and test your knowledge through interactive questions and a test.

Government announces new technology revolutions in healthcare: The Government is giving £17 million funding to projects which could revolutionise healthcare across the UK. The projects include:

  • developing artificial intelligence for bed availability in hospitals
  • 3D printing to create tablets
  • smart phone applications to improve the treatment of complex wounds

A further funding round is now open. Read press release

Jobs and grants

Calls for evidence:

ArrivaRail London are planning to close ticket offices at 51 London Overground stations: London TravelWatch is consulting passengers on these changes and wants to hear from you by 11 October 2018





Getting to DR UK at Plexel: Free shuttle buses run from Stratford underground, train and bus stations from 7am to 10.30pm.

Free shuttle buses run from Stratford underground, train and bus stations from 7am to 10.30pm. There are two pickup points for the shuttle bus:

  • Bus stop E outside Stratford International Station
  • Bus stop X outside Stratford City Station/Westfield

Shuttles run every 5-10 minutes.

For more information see our Contact us page


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